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Brad Goode

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: October 10, 1963    

Brad Goode

Trumpeter Brad Goode is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman, for 25 years he has consistently been one of the busiest performers in the United States.

Brad's jazz pedigree was established through his apprenticeship with many legends of the music. As a youngster, he toured and recorded with Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Don Lanphere, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Richie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Barrett Deems and many others.

Brad led his own combo in Chicago from 1986 until 1998, appearing at major festivals and night clubs around the world, including a twelve year stint as leader of the house band at the famous Green Mill Jazz Club. As a Cultural Ambassador for the Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East. He was named one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s by the Chicago Tribune, who credited him as a “major catalyst in the revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene.”...
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“ Tired of hearing trumpet clones of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard ? Want a cliché’-free style? Try the fresh style of Brad Goode. It’s got power and swing, tenderness and depth. Despite the challenges posed by attempting to remain cliché-free, Goode manages to be quite fluid in his improvisations. His fertile imagination is carried by a seemingly effortless command of the trumpet. -Mark Gridley, Historian , author of JAZZ STYLES

“He has transcended the standard-issue solutions and copycat technique that characterize so many players of his generation. He departs convention with his tonal, structural, harmonic and rhythmic touches without ever making a point of it.” -Lloyd Sachs, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“Goode’s high rev brain spins out musical ideas with a consistency that’s eerie. It isn’t just the harmonic and melodic twists he puts on his material that makes him so riveting; he sends the tunes he plays through a sparkling kaleidoscope of rhythmic changes. … Goode’s trumpet would send Gabriel back to the practice room.” -Lee Brown, THE COLUMBUS OTHER PAPER

“Goode’s interval leaps, fragmented phrases, squeezed arpeggios, slurs, smears and other applications of his advanced technique may be partly for fun, but in that exercise in fractured tempo, his whimsical bits and pieces combine with those of the rhythm section to form a sensible abstract-expression. He has internalized the profound harmonic lessons of Gillespie and Parker and applies them in a very personal way” -Doug Ramsey, JAZZ TIMES

-“Lyrical genius of the trumpet… The young demon of bebop.” Larry Kart, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

  • Chicago Red

    Origin Records
    2013
  • Tight Like This

    Delmark Records
    2010
  • Nature Boy

    Delmark Records
    2008
  • Nature Boy

    Delmark Records
    2007
  • Hypnotic Suggestion

    Delmark Records
    2006
  • Inside Chicago, Volume 4

    SteepleChase Records
    2003
  • Shock Of The New

    Warner Bros. Records
    1992

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Featured recording “Chicago Red”

Chicago Red
Origin Records (2013)
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